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Power Restored to 4.8 Million Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Irma

17 September 2017

NextEra Energy Inc's (NEE.N) FPL, Florida's biggest electric company, said on Friday about 1.1 million customers had no power, while Duke Energy Corp (DUK.N) reported that more than 371,000 customers were in the dark and Tampa Electric, a unit of Emera Inc (EMA.TO), reported about 39,000 were without power.

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), the main utilities company for Florida Gators, have been very successful in their restoration efforts.

As of noon Friday, Georgia Power has restored power to 940,000 customers impacted by Hurricane Irma. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.

"FP&L; spokesperson Rob Gould said restoration to almost all customers in the eastern half of the state should be completed by Sunday night", member station WLRN reports.

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A timeline of events issued by the nursing home shows administrators repeatedly called Florida Power & Light and state officials after a transformer powering its air conditioning system went out during the storm on Sunday.

Most of the remaining outages were in Florida Power & Light's service area in the southern and eastern parts of the state.

Teams in the Field Georgia Power monitored the path of Hurricane Irma for more than a week prior to the storm entering Georgia.

"Over the past few days, I have seen firsthand how Hurricane Irma has impacted our communities, and I know from talking with these families that power restoration is the number one thing they need to start the recovery process", Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement.

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"This is the first real test of the grid following our significant investments and, so far, we are encouraged by what we're seeing", said Silagy.

Customers said all they get are an automated message, wrong information, or nothing.

Georgia Power has posted estimated restoration times (ERTs) for dozens of cities and regions throughout Georgia at outagemap.georgiapower.com. As of 2 p.m. Saturday, 1,650 customers in Palm Beach were still without power, or 6 percent. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances. If a tree or tree limbs have fallen on a power line or pulled it down, do not approach the line or the tree.

Almost 8,000 personnel are working statewide to restore power.

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FPL is now experiencing issues with FPL.com and the FPL Mobile App due to extreme high volume and is working to resolve the situation. "We have mobilized the largest restoration force in USA history and you have our firm commitment that we won't stop working until every last customer's lights are back on".

Power Restored to 4.8 Million Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Irma